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Undergraduate Psychology 2021-2022

PS1009: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I: CONCEPTS AND THEORY

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

PS1009 introduces you to major concepts and theories in psychology to provide you with a strong understanding of the human mind and behaviour. You will attend lectures on biological, social and cognitive psychology and participate in workshops where you will work both individually and as part of a team to write about and present topics related to the lecture materials. Studying psychology is beneficial to a range of careers including management, finance and counselling, to name a few. Psychology regularly tops employers' lists of producing the most employable graduates. 

PS1011: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I: METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

PS1011 is a perfect combination of subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills. In weekly lectures and hands-on practicals, you will learn how various research methods are applied across a range of Psychology sub-fields. In addition, you will learn how to read scientific articles and begin to critique them. You will also be encouraged to develop skills such as giving presentations and writing literature reviews. Apart from acquiring these skills, the course will give you insight into the ‘human factor’ that all sciences necessarily have in common, and as such it will be a valuable addition to any degree. 

PS1509 : INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II: CONCEPTS AND THEORY

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

PS1509 introduces you to major concepts and theories in psychology to provide you with a strong understanding of human mind and behaviour. You will attend lectures on evolution & emotion, lifespan development, and sensation & perception and participate in workshops where you will work both individually and as part of a team to write about and present topics related to the lecture materials. Studying psychology is beneficial to a range of careers such as management, finance and counselling, to name but a few. Psychology regularly tops employers' lists of producing the most employable graduates.

PS1511: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II: METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

PS1511 builds on PS1011. You will learn more about research methods in Psychology through lectures, practicals, and taking part in experiment-demonstrations.  You will also learn how to set up and conduct a Psychology experiment yourself. Part of the lectures will focus on statistics, to equip you with the skills to analyze and interpret your own data, culminating in a written research report, in which your critical thinking skills will be encouraged. You will also learn about the role of ethics in research. This course will enable you to spot the difference between ‘pop-science’ and genuine science.

PS2017: ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY A - CONCEPTS AND THEORY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The course builds on the material covered in the 1st-year courses expanding on psychology’s concepts and theories. The course covers three core areas of psychology: cognition & language, personality & social psychology, and perception.  Social Psychology will cover topics such as leadership and group processes.  The perception part of the course will examine the visual and intentional systems.

PS2018: ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY 1 - METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course aims to introduce students to a broad range of methods used in psychological research. Lectures cover methods used to collect physiological data (e.g. brain imaging techniques), behavioural data (e.g. measures of task performance) and self-report data (e.g. survey, questionnaire and interview techniques).   Practical classes involve students working in small groups to design studies, collect and analyse data, and write reports. Practical sessions are also used to teach students to use a statistical software package (SPSS) to analyse data collected in psychological studies.

PS2517: ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY B - CONCEPTS AND THEORY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course builds on the material covered in the 1st-year courses, expanding on psychology’s concepts and theories. The course covers four core areas of psychology: organisational & clinical, behavioural neuroscience and developmental psychology. The first strand covers organizational culture, occupational stress, motivation, leadership and team work. The clinical psychology section of the course will give you grounding in the key ideas within current Clinical Psychology practice and is taught by a practicing Clinical Psychologist. The third strand within this course is focused on Neuroscience, and will cover topics such as localisation of brain function and the neuroscience of emotion.

PS2518: ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY 1 - METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course aims to introduce students to a broad range of methods used in psychological research. Lectures cover methods used to collect physiological data (e.g. brain imaging techniques), behavioural data (e.g. measures of task performance) and self-report data (e.g. survey, questionnaire and interview techniques).   Practical classes involve students working in small groups to design studies, collect and analyse data, and write reports. Practical sessions are also used to teach students to use a statistical software package (SPSS) to analyse data collected in psychological studies.

PS3011: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Psychological assessment is used by chartered psychologists in a number of areas, including clinical, occupational and forensic applications.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to psychometric theory, real life applications of psychological assessment and the legal and ethical issues surrounding test administration.

Topics covered on this lecture based course include: IQ and mood assessment; clinical neuropsychological tests of cognitive dysfunction and memory; assessment of dementia and forensic aspects of assessment (legal malingering).

An ideal course for students intending to secure a career in applied psychology.

PS3012: PERCEPTION

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Interaction with the world around us begins with perception. The aim of this course is to present a range of approaches to the study of human perception, from historical beginnings to recent innovative research. We focus in particular on the interaction of perception with action, integration of the senses, and theories and functions of attention. Students will also engage in guided debate with their peers on how perception research fits into broader research and public interest contexts. This course material is selected and presented by academics that specialize in the field, ensuring a dynamic, deep knowledge and appreciation of the topics.

PS3014: BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and cognition. The course is split into two sections, each featuring 5 lectures. Section 1 focuses on psychopharmacology, which is the investigation of the effect of medication on normal and abnormal brain function. Section 2 focuses on neuropsychology, examining what can be learnt about psychological processes from studying patients with brain damage.

Specific topics that will be covered include: neurotransmitters; drug effects; psychedelic drugs; impaired object and face recognition; amnesia; and disorders of motor control.

PS3015: METHODOLOGY A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The main aim of this course is to help students prepare, evaluate and run their own Psychological research.  As such this is a ‘hands-on’ course, where students will have the opportunity to conduct a small research project and practice using SPSS for a variety of statistical analyses. The course also provides a thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods through a lecture series.  Specific topics covered in this course include: verification and falsification of results; ANOVA and qualitative research strategies. This course also features workshops on employability, providing students with information on career planning, networking etc.  

PS3518: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The aim of this course is to consolidate and extend students’ knowledge of a number of core areas of developmental psychology, focusing on the age range of young children (3 years) to adolescence. This course will examine both historical and contemporary issues and findings in (1) cognitive development and (2) social-emotional development. In one half of the course students will evaluate how some main types of memory undergo developmental changes, and how cognitive plasticity develops. In the other half students will evaluate the development of aggression and its risk factors, and gain a deeper understanding of the role of play in typical and atypical development of social interaction with a focus on autism. There will also be opportunity to learn about some intervention programmes aimed at improving cognitive and socio-emotional skills in childhood. The broad range of developmental topics makes this an ideal course for anyone with interest in working with children. 

PS3519: MEMORY AND LANGUAGE

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The memory component of this course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical components of memory (working and autobiographical memory).  Psychological theories of forgetting and eyewitness memory will also be discussed.

The second component of the course, language, will introduce students to the key issues in psycholinguistics.  This will include assessment of sentence processing, analysis of the processes underlying language production and factors that influence communication in different settings.

The assessment of multiple approaches within both research areas will provide all students with a good basis for developing critical thinking skills.

PS3520: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Social Psychologists explore the psychological factors that influence individual behaviours within social situations.  As such, the aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the range of topics within experimental social psychology, with a defined focus on social cognition.

Topics covered within this lecture based course include: Stereotypes; social perception and action; self-control; consciousness and mimicry.

This course provides a scientific explanation for social phenomena, making it ideal for students with an interest in individual and group behaviour.

PS3522: METHODOLOGY B

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course builds on the skills already developed through participation in Methodology A. Similar to that course the aim is to help students prepare, evaluate and run their own Psychological research. As such this is a ‘hands-on’ course, where students will have a second opportunity to conduct a small research project and practice using SPSS for a variety of statistical analyses. The course also builds on the thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods provided in Methodology A through a second lecture course.  This course also features workshops on employability, providing students with information on career planning, networking etc.

PS3524: COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The human brain is one of the most complex structures known to us. What does the brain do that makes possible the wide range of activities that humans engage in? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the state-of-the-art developments in cognitive neuroscience that address such fundamental questions. The last two decades have led to an explosion of experimental techniques and theories that have provided substantial insights into the neural mechanisms of normal and abnormal cognitive processing in the brain. This course will be a window into that exciting field.

PS4019: PSYCHOLOGY THESIS

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

This course constitutes the final year thesis for the single honours Psychology degree. The thesis is an empirical based one, where the student collects and analyse a body of data in answer to a research question. The thesis itself begins in September and the final draft of the thesis is handed in for assessment the end of the second term. The Schools has an International Level research culture and the final year projects offer the students an opportunity to be involved in that culture. A number of the student projects have contributed towards research publications.

PS4033: ADVANCES IN BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and cognition. The course is split into two sections, each featuring 5 lectures. Section 1 focuses on psychopharmacology, which is the investigation of the effect of medication on normal and abnormal brain function. Section 2 focuses on neuropsychology, examining what can be learnt about psychological processes from studying patients with brain damage.

Specific topics that will be covered include: neurotransmitters; drug effects; psychedelic drugs; impaired object and face recognition; amnesia; and disorders of motor control.

PS4034: LIBRARY-BASED THESIS PROJECT

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

This course constitutes the final year thesis for the single honours Behavioural Studies degree.  The project within the Behavioural Studies programme is a Library based one. Students perform a literature search focused on a topic or question agreed with their supervisor. Students produce under supervision a literature review in answer to a research question. The thesis begins in September and must be submitted at the end of Term 2.

PS4037: PERCEPTUAL PROCESSES

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Interaction with the world around us involves perceptual processing using our three main senses: visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and haptic (touch).  The aim of this course is to consider a range of approaches to human perception, from historical beginnings to recent innovative research.  

Topics covered include: colour perception; face recognition; perception of pain and age related changes in perception.  Students will also engage in guided debate with their peers regarding media portrayal of recent research findings.

This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology. 

PS4038: PSYCHOLOGY JOINT HONOURS THESIS

15 credits

Level 4

Full Year

This course constitutes the final year thesis for any joint honours Psychology degree. The thesis is an empirical based one, where the student collects and analyse a body of data in answer to a research question. The thesis begins in September and must be submitted at the end of Term 2. The School has an International Level research culture and the final year projects offer the students an opportunity to be involved in that culture. A number of the student projects have contributed towards research publications.

PS4040: CURRENT TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a range of contemporary research developments and applications in psychology.

PS4041: CRITICAL REVIEW

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The Critical Review allows you to study a contemporary research topic area in depth and further develop your critical thinking skills.

PS4042: PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND WORK EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their employability and professional development through a part-time job, placement, personal development project or volunteering activity based within the UK.  Students work towards a range of personal and work-related outcomes through a range of assessments.  All external engagement activities require the approval of the School and must be verified by the external organisation.

PS4043: ADVANCED TOPICS IN LANGUAGE

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

By the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding of two broad area of psycholinguistic research: developmental disorders of reading and language, and current topics in bilingualism research

PS4048: HUMAN FACTORS

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The science of Human Factors brings together multiple disciplines, including Biology, Psychology and Engineering to understand and support worker performance and wellbeing.

This course takes an Applied Psychology approach to Human Factors with a focus on understanding human behaviour and the issues that can lead to accidents and errors. Through the course you will learn more about the impact of design on safety and how people work together through interactive lectures and real life case studies.

PS4049: THE SOCIAL MIND

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The Social Mind details the psychological processes through people understand the self and others. Emphasis is placed a range of core topic in social cognition; including: stereotyping and prejudice, mind wandering, self-control, and mind perception.

PS4050: NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF VISION AND ACTION

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

To understand and critically evaluate some disorders of conscious visual perception and visuomotor control and what these disorders tell us about the complex interplay between the perceptual and motor system.

PS4510: COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The human brain is one of the most complex structures known to us. What does the brain do that makes possible the wide range of activities that humans engage in? This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the state-of-the-art developments in cognitive neuroscience that address such fundamental questions. The last two decades have led to an explosion of experimental techniques and theories that have provided substantial insights into the neural mechanisms of normal and abnormal cognitive processing in the brain. This course will be a window into that exciting field.

PS4532: MEMORY AND LANGUAGE PROCESSES

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The memory component of this course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical components of memory (working and autobiographical memory).  Psychological theories of forgetting and eyewitness memory will also be discussed.

The second component of the course, language, will introduce students to the key issues in psycholinguistics.  This will include assessment of sentence processing, analysis of the processes underlying language production and factors that influence communication in different settings.

This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology. 

PS4537: COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Counselling psychologists work with adults and children on a diverse range of issues, including bereavement, relationships, and mental health problems. This course will introduce students to the key issues, theories and practices relevant in Counselling Psychology.

PS4544: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the clinical work of applied psychologists within the NHS. The task of the applied psychologist is to use clinical skills and knowledge to understand client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour through the collaborative development of a psychological formulation. These lectures will discuss a series of formulations from specialist areas and psychological interventions

PS4545: EMOTION AND AGEING IN SOCIAL COGNITION

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

By the end of the course students will have a greater understanding of how emotion and aging influence social cognition, focusing on perception and attention to social stimuli in particular. Students will also gain experience in critical appraisal and evaluation of methods used to derive theory and evidence in this area.

PS4546: FACE RECOGNITION

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Face processing underpins human social interaction, allowing us to recognise friends and avoid enemies, identify social groups, decode emotional messages and find romantic partners. Despite the advice not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, people also form judgements of a stranger’s attractiveness and character within seconds of seeing their face. This course will examine how these aspects of face processing relate to contemporary real-world topics, including the rise of facial AI.

PS4547: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course will canvass a range of theoretical and applied issues in forensic and criminal psychology.

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